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Friday, November 28, 2014

Red Sox Injury Update: Shane Victorino to start swinging bat next week

By on 11/28/2014 11:00:00 AM

The Boston Red Sox look forward to the 2015 season trying to put a dismal 71-win season behind them. At 18th in the league in runs scored and 23rd in ERA, improvements need to be made across the board. One positive that has come out of a lot of uncertainty this off season is the progress made by outfielder Shane Victorino in his rehab. He will begin swinging a bat next week and looks to be ready by spring training.

As reported by Rob Bradford of, Victorino will swing a bat on Monday for the first time since undergoing back surgery. Victorino noted his confidence heading into next season from Hawaii at his charity event.
“Everything feels great. There hasn’t been any setbacks. I was cleared to start swinging a few weeks ago but I was coming to Hawaii so they didn’t want me to do any swinging or rotating until I got back [to his home in Las Vegas]. Once I get back Monday I’ll probably start therapeutic swinging just to get the motion of what’s going on. It’s going in the right direction. I’m moving, running, lifting with no setbacks. Here and there, there are your normal fatigue of muscle areas, but beyond that there hasn’t been anything to have me slow it down."
Victorino is currently part of a Red Sox outfield which consists of Yoenis Cespedes, Mookie Betts, Daniel Nava, Brock Holt and Allen Craig.

Victorino, limited to 30 games in 2014, hit .268 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 123 at bats.  The two-time World Series champion has played for the Padres, Phillies, Dodgers and Red Sox and has career averages of .277 with 107 home runs and 482 RBI.

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